Co-Production Officer

Location: Sheffield

Salary:  £22,407.40 to £25,690.03 per annum pro-rata per annum

Closing Date:  Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 11:59pm

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

We are recruiting for someone to join us as a Co-Production Officer , working 21 hours per week on a permanent contract . Rethink’s Community Mental Health Unit (CMHU) has been established with the intended purpose of changing the face of community mental health care, to support communities and professionals to come together and collaborate more closely. In Sheffield, we will develop and implement new models of community based mental health care, that integrate clinical and voluntary sector provision, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS community mental health framework .

As a Co-Production Officer working for Rethink Mental Illness, you will be required to recruit and on-board experts by experience, ensuring diversity and representation, and supporting them to work with people locally to re-design community mental health systems.

Co-production will be essential. This means people with lived experience working as equal partners with professionals to design the new models of care, and then continuing to be involved through implementation and evaluation.

In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Commitment, Openness, Hope, Expertise and Understanding. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.

What will you be doing?

  •  I distribute the opportunity to become an expert by experience leader to local service users, their carers, and the wider community.
  • I on-board expert by experience leaders using a ‘light’ assessment process and letting them know what will be involved
  • I support the facilitation of meetings and focus groups including the technology, invitations, agenda setting, materials and note taking.
  • I collate expert by experience insight to share with the Programme Manager/or local experts by training.
  • I connect expert by experience leaders with local NHS/council boards and working groups.
  • I support expert by experience leaders to connect with people in their communities.
  • I support expert by experience leaders in their role to ensure it is a positive experience which builds on their strengths and helps them to achieve personal goals.
  • I am a champion for ensuring representation, equality and diversity amongst experts by experience and identifying ways to increase representation.
  • Do you have what we are looking for?

  • experience of mental health services or working with service users
  • I have an interest in the value of lived experience as a complementary perspective to the professional perspective – to arrive at better solutions
  • I am passionate about equality and diversity and increasing representation
  • I have a flexible, proactive approach to building relationships
  • I have an aptitude for helping people feel safe and supported in group discussions
  • I have an aptitude for collaborative working (including: active listening, appreciating different perspectives, positive language, proactive, solutions-focused approach, constructive/sensitive challenging, willingness to compromise/negotiate, enabling emotionally safe environments)
  • I am able to organise and help facilitate meetings in person and using remote technology eg Zoom, Teams, whiteboards, Mentimeter
  • I am proficient in Microsoft Office software eg PowerPoint
  • I am organised and can meet deadlines
  • The safety and wellbeing of our service users and colleagues is our first priority, which is why it is now a condition of employment for anyone joining us that they have either had the recommended Covid-19 vaccine or agree to have it when offered by the NHS. You can find more information on our approach and why we have made this important decision in our attached Covid-19 vaccination information document. The safety and wellbeing of our service users and colleagues is our first priority, which is why it is now a condition of employment for anyone joining us that they have either had the recommended Covid-19 vaccine or agree to have it when offered by the NHS. You can find more information on our approach and why we have made this important decision in our attached Covid-19 vaccination information document.

    What will you receive?

    You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your skills with the chance to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:

  • Salary of £22,407.40 to £25,690.03 per annum pro-rata
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance and employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Your “Rethink Day” – one day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your birthday
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Flexible working
  • The Diversity and Talent Specialist looking after this role is Daniele Brennan . If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at [email protected] or give her a call on 07425736592

    We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.

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